Where I straighten out some strangely common confusions in housing supply debates.
It’s all about the dirt!
See here: https://myhomehousing.org.au/houses/
This is a great initiative to provide shelter for those who cant afford what is on offer in the residential zone. It began with an architect networking amongst those who could step up and make it happen. What this demonstrates is the gap between what people can provide themselves and what's required to create 35 square metres of basic accommodation for a single person and it also shows how costs can be shaved to achieve a result.
If rural landowners were allowed to site houses like the ones developed in Perth for this project, the accommodation shortage could be gradually overcome.
Currently rural landowners can apply to site cottages for short term tourist accommodation, a small market that doesn't yield a strong return because cottages tend to be empty between holiday periods. All that is required is to enable these cottages to be rented on a permanent basis rather than three months or whatever the local limit is.
A desirable feature of the cottages is that they are provided in a flat pack that can be assembled and disassembled in less than a day. So land can be lent out for a period without alienating it for long periods of time and creating a situation where it is difficult to redevelop to cater for changing needs.
If only ~50% of planning approvals are within code of their zoning, does that not imply zoning restricts supply?
I’d like to see if these rates differ across different zoning densities